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PostPosted: Mon Mar 1, '10, 4:56 am 
Hello,

This topic is for reviews of Mother Dearest, the fan fiction by Tanith. You may use this topic to let Tanith know what you think of this story. When commenting on the story, try to go into detail about what you enjoyed or thought could be improved. Both praise and constructive criticism are encouraged. Please refrain from making non-constructive criticisms.

Please keep your comments in this thread on the subject of Mother Dearest. If you would like to discuss another story, please do so in that story's review thread.

Thanks,
Thoul


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 1, '10, 5:07 am 
I've read a lot of PS fan fiction over the years, but I'm always surprised by the stories I read here. Every one of them explores some new aspect of Phantasy Star I had not seen or considered before. This story is a great example of that, Tanith. I can't recall ever reading a story that actually gave Mother Brain an interesting personality. I love what you've done here so far. The interaction between the heroes and Mother Brain is just excellent.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 1, '10, 6:51 am 
Oh wow, thank you, Thoul.

Like most parts of PSII, I've always wished there was more going on than the little script that was actually in the game. Then again, it leaves the door wide open for one's own imagination! I've had this interaction playing in my head for a long time. I picture Mother Brain has having developed over time a deranged sense of motherly duty to the worlds of Algo, but at the same time, it's not "human" enough to understand what's an acceptable amount of control. Then of course, at some point the Dark Force takes advantage of her system, which sends her further down her warped path.

Game ending spoilers within (can't imagine who doesn't know the ending yet, but just in case...):
[Reveal] Spoiler:
I never thought the earthmen were totally evil from the get go, but that as the centuries went by they became apathetic and rather didn't care much anymore what Mother Brain did. Call it "buyer's remorse," I guess, that they thought Algo looked like a great place for them to make a new home, but in reality they were bitter over the loss of their own world and found more jealousy than happiness within Algo. This is how I've always reconciled in my mind how they could just sit back and watch Mother Brain get trashed by the group without intervening at some point.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 6, '10, 5:10 am 
Tanith, I definitely concur with Thoul. Wow and wow. Your prose and style is definitely compelling, to say the least! I like your style, it is very professional and flows brilliantly. I can't wait for more!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 6, '10, 6:03 am 
*blush* Thank you! It's going to take me a while to write the battle scene, I think. I'm not sure I'm good at writing violence!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 3, '10, 2:47 pm 
Wow, that was pretty awesome. I enjoyed seeing Rolf, who was honestly in the background for a lot of the stories, take charge and show off his leadership abilities. The description of Mother Brain was just wonderful. Can't wait to read the battle.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 4, '10, 4:14 pm 
I spent the first quarter of the story chucking, trying to ignore how much Motherbrain sounded like Gollum.

"Come here my lovelies, my preciousssss..."

Then it got serious.

It's hard to comment on this or that aspect or character. Besides the fact that it's obvious which characters turn you on and which leave you cold. Doesn't matter. The idea is there and by the end of the story, I felt the urge to beat a computer up. (And there is at least 20 of those where I am now).

As soon as I was done reading, I felt a compelling need to listen to Death Place. I did better and listened to Death Trance.

In my mind right now, a battle rages and it is awesome.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, '10, 8:03 pm 
Whenever I read a story of sorts, a movie starts playing in my head. And I gotta say, this fic evoked the most epic movie ever. You really showed the characters' bonds in places where I felt them the least (e.g. Hugh and Shir, that one got me the most). Can't wait for the next chapter, unless it's already up somewhere...


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PostPosted: Sun May 14, '17, 7:19 pm 
Celebrating Mother Brain by rereading this wonderful story today! :clap:


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